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She's Still Haunted by Khmer Rouge Atrocities in Cambodia
Contra Costa Times ^ | 04/23/2012 | Greg Mellen

Posted on 04/23/2012 9:36:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The face of Sath Om reveals even more than her chilling words. The pain seems so immediate and real, it is as if time has stopped.

"It's still real," the 92-year-old survivor of the Cambodian genocide says through translation as the tears flow. "It's like a stick in your eyes when it's remembered."

Om has harrowing stories of life during the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979 when upward of 2 million Cambodians died from malnutrition, disease and murder in the country's notorious Killing Fields. Om was burned out of her house and had to run for her life.

She was imprisoned for a time.

She was clubbed on the head, stripped and left for dead in one of the many killing fields strewn across the Cambodian countryside.

Her four children were taken from her and she never saw them again.

Her husband was led away. Although she was told they would be reunited, it never happened.

"I had no hope," she says.

She is the lone survivor. But each night she says they come to her: the spirits of her family asking for her help asking for justice.

As Om tells her story, she covers her eyes and ears, describing the visions and sounds of the souls of her husband, children, parents and siblings.

At other times, Om dreams she is again being taken away to be killed.

In those times of cold dreads, she's not even sure where the dreams and sleep end and the waking memories begin.

These days, Om tries to fill her days with activities and companionship to ward off the ghosts and keep her mind occupied.

(Excerpt) Read more at contracostatimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: cambodia; kampuchea; khmerrouge; killingfields

1 posted on 04/23/2012 9:36:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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That reminds me, my next eleventy billion dollar money making scheme, sell tee-shirts of Pol Pot to Democrat college students.


2 posted on 04/23/2012 9:41:14 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: nickcarraway

Poor lady.


3 posted on 04/23/2012 9:42:53 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: nickcarraway

All you Vietnam war protesters and activists, the blood of these people are on your hands....sleep well.


4 posted on 04/23/2012 9:46:47 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: nickcarraway
My daughter's father-in-law fought the Kmher Rouge. Give him a few beers and he'll lift his shirt to show you where he was gut-shot. He is seriously screwed up. PTSD like nothing I've ever seen.

That was an ugly mess and Pol Pot was pure evil

/johnny

5 posted on 04/23/2012 9:47:05 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: dfwgator
AMEN! We abandoned so many of those people. I went to highschool with a VN refugee. They put her with me because I had enough french to help her learn english. She spoke french/vietnamese and I spoke french/english/spanglish.

The stories she told ripped out my heart.

/johnny

6 posted on 04/23/2012 9:50:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

This is where the ideology of obama and the left leads. Anyone who thinks I’m being hyperbolic hasn’t studied history. That’s why I MAY vote for Romney. But to be blunt, I see him taking us down the same road, just a tiny bit slower...


7 posted on 04/23/2012 9:50:41 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: dfwgator

They do sleep well. They have no clue what they wrought. That, or they’re souless...


8 posted on 04/23/2012 9:51:44 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: nickcarraway

As a member of a family (the European side), that was wiped out during the Holocaust, I understand the pain of Om.

Some of us tried to tell the world what the Communists (VC, No. Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge) were doing to that country since at least 1967, but nobody wanted to listen.

Don Kirk did some of the earliest writing about Cambodia and Khmer Rouge atrocities (Chicago Tribune, 1967-68 etc), and I contributed my major piece in Human Events, Dec. 1970 after returning from a trip there and to SVN).

I have the unfortunate distinction of being the only journalist to testify before Congress (twice, July 1974 and April 1975) about the ongoing KR atrocities and the upcoming genocide.

America, esp. the Democrats, abandoned Cambodia and its people to a genocide a half-step below the Holocaust, and I knew people who were slaughtered in the streets of Phnom Penh and in the jungles.

Some of us tried, but the Hanoi Lobby and the Quisling Democats won, and millions died. Never forget that.

A lot of people died to teach us that fact, and we owe it to them to keep warning the world about the next “Khmer Rouge”, be it Achmedgenocide in Iran, Nasrullah of Hamas, Hezbollah, the mass murderers of No. Korea, the slaverers and slaughterers from the Sudan, or whatever evil forces that are arising in Egypt against the Christian Copts, or the Muslim fanatics of Boko Harem against millions of Christians in Nigeria.

Maybe someone will listen this time.


9 posted on 04/23/2012 9:53:10 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: piytar

America lost her soul when we sold out our friends, how could anyone ever trust us again?


10 posted on 04/23/2012 9:53:29 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

They won’t.


11 posted on 04/23/2012 9:54:36 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: piytar

They are souless, heartless, amoral, self-absorbed, arrogant, elitist, overeducated and under-ethical bastards and traitors.

Hope this answers your question.

I knew many of the leaders of the Hanoi Lobby and some were downright psychopathes, inveterate liars, academic frauds, and Stalin wannabes. And the media bought their lies and pro-Communist operations almost without question, and made the supporters of freedom in Indochina into right-wing extremists.

The best and brightest Americans fought and often died in S. Vietnam, while the cowards and traitors stayed home and got media coverage. Now you know why I, a former card-carrying member of the media (a pro-American newspaper), hate these pieces of shit, esp. those from CBS (Communist Broadcasting System).

The liberals of today are the socialists of tomorrow and don’t you forget it, and they hate you.


12 posted on 04/23/2012 9:58:16 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: JRandomFreeper
That was an ugly mess and Pol Pot was pure evil

The true evil here was the fact that Pol Pot was allowed to commit his evil and then live out his days a free man. Utter silence from the UN and the left around the world....because genocide is OK when it comes from socialism.
13 posted on 04/23/2012 9:59:14 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: rottndog
True. And the sad part is that there will eventually be more stacks of skulls.

/johnny

14 posted on 04/23/2012 10:00:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: dfwgator

#11. Thanks to Al Gore’s fabulous internet, we can reach more sane people with the truth than ever before. That is why I post a lot a night when I have some free time.

We can use the internet, email chains, contacting talk radio shows, email comments to both regular and online newspapers, website and blogsites, write to alumni magazines if the topic is Vietnam/Cambodia (a very effective tactic we have used all over the country), etc.

Never give in, never give up!


15 posted on 04/23/2012 10:01:02 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: rottndog

And the UN stood by and let it happen again in Rwanda. And let’s not forget that the head of the UN in the late 70s was a friction’ Nazi, who was complicit in the atrocities of the Ustashe in Croatia.


16 posted on 04/23/2012 10:01:39 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator
Isn't that the irony...that's what the UN was created to prevent...something about ‘Never Again’...

I simply cannot comprehend that level inhumanity, except that those of that mind set are purely sociopathic.

17 posted on 04/23/2012 10:09:49 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: dfwgator

Vang Pao’s Hmong too.

Good allies, Some few made it to US.

Vang Pao Gets Arlington Ceremony After Burial Snub

http://www.military.com/news/article/vang-pao-gets-arlington-ceremony-after-burial-snub.html

He gave the Pathet Lao a beating on the Plain of Jars in Laos.

Pop Buell, Bill Lair, Tony Poe and other spooks helped him.


18 posted on 04/23/2012 11:24:44 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Murderous, ruthless Pol Pot (along with fellow Khmer Rouge leaders Kheiu Samphan and Ieng Sary) WENT ABROAD TO STUDY, THEY WERE IN PARIS, FRANCE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, FLUENT IN FRENCH AND SOMEWHAT IN ENGLISH. THIS IS WHERE THEY WERE RADICALIZED IN MARXISM IN THEIR STUDIES.

And now stupid ass Secretary of State and Former First Enabler Hillary Clinton says last week that since new leader KIM JONG UN of North Korea had "spent a good amount of time abroad" that perhaps he would be more reasonable and acceed to the world's wishes to stop missile launches, nuke tests and open the country up.

How NAIVE. You cannot make this up. Truly liberalism is a mental disorder, it makes people dilusional in their utopian fuzzy mind funk. These people actually run our foreign policy??!!!

19 posted on 04/24/2012 1:40:15 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Study closely socialist Hugo Chavez' usage of 'popular masses' in the streets to thwart 1992 coup)
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To: nickcarraway

Hello, John Kerry?

This is what you fought so hard for, in the killing fields of Paris, negotiating with the enemy

This is one of the dominos you said would never fall

two million souls....waiting to greet you some day


20 posted on 04/24/2012 2:19:54 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Seems the ‘Western world’ has a history of ignoring active genocide. The Jewish genocide was largely ignored during WWII, even while bombers were in the air, and ‘boots were on the ground’.


21 posted on 04/24/2012 2:36:35 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Texas Fossil

Whatever happened to the Hmong? I remember the stories of the women having “hysterical” blindness because of the atrocities they had witnessed.

I still can see the images of the Cambodian cities being emptied of people as they were forced into the countryside. Those images never fade.


22 posted on 04/24/2012 6:09:25 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: AmericanInTokyo

The French have a lot of blood on their hands. Simone Signoret herself held endless salons filled with American actors (Jane Fonda & the beautiful Jean Seberg for example) encouraging them to visit North Viet Nam and take up with the Old Black Panthers. It destroyed Seberg and turned Fonda into one of the most hated women in America.

Khomeini also lived in France defining his anti-Americanism. Of course, it really wasn’t Americans who paid - it was the citizens of Iran.


23 posted on 04/24/2012 6:14:23 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: nickcarraway

John

Kerry


24 posted on 04/24/2012 12:48:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: JRandomFreeper

A long time ago in another life I had a friend who escaped Cambodia. 22 of his family left their village and tried to walk to the Viet Namese border.

3 of them made it. 2 more died in a refugee camp in Nam.

The stories that guy told were awful, just awful.


25 posted on 04/24/2012 12:54:20 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Oh, there was no question to be answered. But your points are well stated and taken.


26 posted on 04/24/2012 10:32:01 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: silverleaf

Um, I don’t presume to know God’s mind or the fate of these souls, but my hunch is that Kerry will end up at the furthest place in the universe from most of those millions of pour souls. Forever.

And if I were a better Christian, I’d grieve for his soul...


27 posted on 04/24/2012 10:39:46 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Jane Fonda... Please pick up the courtesy phone...”


28 posted on 04/24/2012 10:52:24 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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